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Fallsburg Robotics returns to Pre-COVID Excellence

Posted 4/5/22

Two Fallsburg Middle School Robotics Teams will be traveling to the VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas during the first two weeks of May. This return follows an almost two-year period …

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Fallsburg Robotics returns to Pre-COVID Excellence

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Two Fallsburg Middle School Robotics Teams will be traveling to the VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas during the first two weeks of May. This return follows an almost two-year period in which COVID prevented or minimized the team’s ability to compete.

Several years ago, the Fallsburg teams adopted the motto “You know you’re doing it right when you dream about it.” Coach Don Thomas and Assistant Coach Megan Kappes report that “The teams did more than just dream about it. They worked hard, stayed focused, learned what they needed to, and applied themselves to solve the problems that this year’s competition presented.”

Team 99561B was the first team to qualify for the VEX EDR Middle School World Championship at the Southern New York State Championship in Garden City, NY. Fourteen-year-old solo team member Bella Muscia went 8-0 and had the whole crowd cheering for her and her highly effective robot and driving style.

VEX EDR in a level of competition intended for students in grades 8-12. Bella represents the fifth Fallsburg VEX EDR team to earn a spot at the World Championship. VEX IQ team 84501A was the second team to qualify for the World Championships at the Southern New York State Championship. VEX IQ is a newer level of competition for Fallsburg, intended for students in grades 5-8. This was their first year as a team, and only their third competition ever. The team members consist of Robbie Perrera, Saladin Basic, Leah Russell, and Adin Moldonado-Rodriguez. Team 84501A will be the first Fallsburg VEX IQ team to travel to the World Championship.

The Fallsburg Board of Education congratulated the Robotics Teams at their Board Meeting on March 16, and they wished them luck on their journey to the World Championships. They make Fallsburg proud.

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